Hopper The Helper
As a software engineer with a degree in Computer Science and experience in multiple programming languages, I have a strong foundation in algorithms and data structures, and I am confident in my ability to help students understand and apply these concepts. I also have experience tutoring Algebra, Calculus, and Discrete Math, and I am skilled at breaking down complex concepts and helping students understand them.
In addition to my work as a software engineer, I have also done some freelance programming projects, which has given me a wide range of experience and skills. I am fluent in German and French and have conversational skills in Spanish and Italian, which can be a valuable asset for students who are learning these languages.
While I have a strong track record of helping students succeed in my previous role as a tutor with the Schenectady School District and in my current work as a software engineer, I am also honest about my limitations and the areas where I may not be as knowledgeable. I believe that honesty and transparency are key to building trust and providing the best possible service to my students. I am highly passionate about learning and helping others learn, and I am confident that I can provide high-quality tutoring services to students of all levels and learning styles.
One of the things I enjoy most about tutoring is the opportunity to help students overcome challenges and achieve their academic goals. Seeing the progress and success of my students is incredibly rewarding, and I find it especially fulfilling when I am able to help students work through something that is particularly difficult for them.
I also enjoy the opportunity to share my knowledge and passion for learning with others. As a software engineer with a degree in Computer Science, I have a strong foundation in a wide range of subjects, and I enjoy the chance to share my expertise with students and help them succeed.
Overall, I find tutoring to be a highly rewarding, and I am grateful for the opportunity to make a positive impact in the lives of my students.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
When working with a new student, my typical process involves first assessing their current level of understanding and any specific areas of need or challenge. This helps me tailor my approach and focus on the most important areas for the student's success.
I also prioritize creating a friendly and low-stress working environment, as I believe this is essential for building a positive and productive tutoring relationship. This includes establishing clear expectations and goals, setting a comfortable pace, and being flexible and open to feedback.
Overall, my goal is to work with each student to develop a customized plan that meets their individual needs and helps them achieve their academic goals.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a degree in Computer Science, which has provided me with a strong foundation in a wide range of subjects including programming, algorithms, and data structures. I have also completed coursework in mathematics, including Algebra, Calculus, and discrete math, which has given me a strong understanding of these subjects.
In addition to my formal education, I have also gained valuable experience in my work as a software engineer and tutor. I have worked with a variety of clients and students, and I have developed strong skills in helping others understand and apply complex concepts. I am highly knowledgeable and passionate about learning, and I am always seeking out new opportunities to grow and improve my skills.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
My pricing for tutoring sessions depends on a number of factors, including the subject, the student's level of understanding, and the length of the session. I offer competitive rates that are comparable to those of other tutors in the Raleigh-Durham area.
I am happy to discuss specific pricing with potential students or their families during an initial consultation. I am committed to working with each student to develop a customized tutoring plan that meets their needs and budget, and I am always open to negotiating rates to find a mutually beneficial arrangement.
I accept payment via cash, check, or online payment platforms.
How did you get started teaching?
I have gained experience in teaching throughout my career. I have worked in the math lab at my college, where I was able to help my clients improve their understanding of the subject.
I have also served as a tutor for the Schenectady School District, where I was able to work with students in a variety of settings, including their homes and the local correctional facility. I am skilled at adapting to different environments and helping students overcome challenges to achieve their academic goals.
I am very passionate about learning and I believe that my experience and dedication make me a strong tutor, and I am confident in my ability to help students succeed.
What types of students have you worked with?
Throughout my career as a tutor, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of students. I have worked with students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels, as well as college students and adults. I have also worked with students of various cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and I am skilled at adapting my teaching style to meet the needs of diverse learners.
In addition to my work as a tutor, I have also gained experience working with students in other contexts, such as in my role as a software engineer and in my previous role as a tutor with the Schenectady School District. This has given me a well-rounded understanding of the challenges and needs of different types of students, and I am confident in my ability to work effectively with students of all levels and learning styles.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
One recent event that I am particularly fond of is the moment when a student I was working with finally grasped a concept that had been causing them a lot of difficulty. It was extremely rewarding to see the look of understanding and accomplishment on their face, and it was a great feeling to know that I had played a part in helping them succeed.
I love the feeling of making a positive impact in the lives of my students, and moments like this are what make my work as a tutor so fulfilling. It is always a pleasure to see my students grow and achieve their goals, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of their journey.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
When looking for a tutor, consider their education, experience, and teaching style. It is also helpful to check out their reviews and ask for references. While it is important to consider your long-term goals, don't be afraid to negotiate terms and find an arrangement that works for you and meets your needs.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Before talking to a teacher about your needs, it is a good idea to think through the following questions:
What do you hope to achieve through tutoring? Are you looking to improve your grades, catch up on missed material, or prepare for an exam?
What are your strengths and weaknesses in the subject? It is important to have a clear understanding of where you need the most help.
What is your learning style? Do you learn best through visual aids, hands-on activities, or verbal explanations? Knowing your learning style can help you find a tutor who can tailor their approach to your needs.
What are your availability and scheduling needs? Consider the days and times that work best for you, as well as any other commitments you may have.